DIG for Saturday the 29th of June…..generation, priesthood, nation, people; a lovely picture of inclusiveness…..1 Peter 2 v 9

As I have been working my way through this verse in DIG recently I’ve had a lovely revelation about how inclusive the Lord is.

This verse talks about us being a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and a peculiar people; each descriptor is a different expression about one single group of people.

This verse is talking about us, as born again believers.

If you are a born again believer you are in this group automatically.

God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10 v 34); He loves everyone and if you accept Jesus and trust in His finished work you are in!

God does not include us through our performance; He does not pick the best team and only include those star performers.

He looks at you and sees the performance of His Son, and because of that you are in the generation, priesthood, nation and people.

God is wonderfully inclusive; true Christianity is different from every religion on earth in that it is about God’s performance (through Jesus Christ) and not about our performance.

We do not have to pray this way or that, eat this food or that, crawl around this temple, wear those clothes or go to a certain place to be in.

We are in because of Jesus and nothing else!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you for the finished work of Jesus Christ, and thank you for all that I now receive because of Him”.

1 Peter 2 v 9…..But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light

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DIG for Friday the 28th of June…..what does a peculiar people mean…..1 Peter 2 v 9

This should be an easy description to describe; most people think all Christians are peculiar!

But this phrase has nothing to do with the usual meaning of the English word peculiar.

We are not strange and we are not weird (for me that label belongs to those who do not love the Lord).

The Greek word is peripoiesis and it talks of possession or of personal property.

As a people we belong to someone; we are someone’s personal property.

The good news is that we belong to God; and God loves His personal property.

This phrase is nothing about what we are like, it is about Who loves us and wants us and owns us.

Do you own something that you love with all your heart?

Can I ask you how you look after that thing?

You take care of it and you cherish it; you protect it and value it.

Well, that is how God thinks about you!

He loves you, He cherishes you, He protects you and He values you. You are His!

Speak this out today…..”Thank You Lord that You love me, You value me, You protect me and You cherish me”.

1 Peter 2 v 9…..But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light

DIG for Thursday the 27th of June…..what does a holy nation mean…..1 Peter 2 v 9

You are a member of the royal priesthood and of the chosen generation; you are also part of a holy nation.

You are holy and your brothers and sisters in Christ are also holy; we are all part of this holy nation.

We were made holy the second we were born again, becoming holy is not a process you got through as you do more and more good things and less and less bad things.

Holiness is a state of being, it is not a state of doing!

When you trusted in Jesus as your Lord and Saviour you were created new with a righteous and truly holy spirit (Ephesians 4 v 24).

“Holy” (the Greek word “hagios”) means a most holy thing or a saint; right now you are a saint.

You are no longer a sinner, you are a saint; this is a truth you need to understand and believe, as it is a truth that will help you lead a more holy life.

You do not do good things to become holy, you will do good things because you are holy and you know it.

“Nation” (the Greek word “ethnos”) means group of people, multitude, tribe or nation.

My ethnicity is British, however more importantly my true ethnicity is holiness; I belong to a racial group of people who are all holy.

That wonderful group my friend includes you, if you have trusted in Jesus Christ and His finished work.

You are holy, isn’t that a nice ethnic group to belong to?

Rather than being British or American, black or white, isn’t it nice to all be holy together?

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have been made holy through the finished work of Jesus Christ”.

1 Peter 2 v 9…..But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light

DIG for Wednesday the 26th of June…..what does a royal priesthood mean…..1 Peter 2 v 9

You are a member of a royal priesthood; what a statement that is.

It is even better when you realise that you have been appointed into God’s royal priesthood.

Royalty and priesthood; but I am just an ordinary member of the church you may say.

The amazing truth is that in the eyes of God every single born again believer is a royal priest.

We are royal in terms of the picture of us being regal and special because of our faith in Jesus.

We are priests in terms of the picture of having access to God and being able to approach God.

Under the old covenant only the priest could go into the holy of holies and have access to God.

Under the new covenant we all have access to God at any time and we can approach Him with boldness whenever we desire (Hebrews 4 v 16).

Under the new covenant, through the finished work of Jesus Christ, we have all been made priests or ministers (2 Corinthians 3 v 6).

Under the new covenant we do not need a priest to speak for us with God, we all have access to the Lord because of Jesus.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that we live under the new covenant; thank you that we are under grace and not under the law”.

1 Peter 2 v 9…..But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light

DIG for Tuesday the 25th of June…..what does a chosen generation mean; is it predestination or universalism…..1 Peter 2 v 9

A chosen generation; so this is a verse about predestination then Vic?

Only the elect or chosen ones picked out by God can enter into His kingdom and eternal presence; is that what this verse is saying Vic?

Well, I don’t think so; however I believe that everyone is chosen.

So you are arguing for universalism now then (everyone is saved), I hear you cry.

No, I am not arguing for that either!

“Chosen generation” simply means chosen family or offspring; God has actually chosen every single man, woman and child who has ever lived to be in His family; He wants to “adopt” everyone as His son or daughter.

God wants everyone to turn from their own way towards Him and receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour; He wants every person to be saved (2 Peter 3 v 9).

It is God’s will that all are saved; in a sense all have been chosen for salvation

However, God who has given us free will and the freedom of choice; we have to choose to accept His will in our life in order to become part of His “chosen generation”.

We have all been chosen by God (for He is no respecter of persons), but we also have to choose to enter in to His goodness and mercy.

We are a chosen generation in another sense though; we are part of the generation living under the New Covenant.

But we have to accept Jesus Christ and His finished work in order to receive the benefits of living under the New Covenant.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I now live under the grace and mercy of the New Covenant”.

1 Peter 2 v 9…..But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light

DIG for Monday the 24th of June………chosen, royal, priest, holy, peculiar; yes, that’s you…..1 Peter 2 v 9

As I was pondering what to write for DIG today I was drawn to 1 Peter 2 v 9; and as I read it I thought this will probably take about a week to cover in DIG!

This is a wonderful verse, describing the born again believer and his/her mission in life.

This verse is crammed full of encouragement about what and who we are and a challenge about how we live out of that revelation.

We are not of course supposed to be driven by works, however if we get a true revelation of what and who we are in Christ, works will flow naturally from us.

A revelation of Jesus Christ and His finished work, and what this means to you, will help you show Him to a needy world (Philemon 1 v 6); this will help you become more effectual in expressing your faith.

1 Peter 2 v 8 goes a long way to describing what you have become after putting your trust and faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work.

We are a chosen generation, we are a royal priesthood, we are a holy nation, and we are a peculiar people (I especially love that phrase “peculiar people”).

We have been called out of darkness and into God’s light.

We are now to display praises to God because of this.

Over the coming days I will explain what these truths mean.

What does it mean to be a peculiar people?

What does it mean to be chosen; is this an argument for predestination?

What is so great about this light over darkness?

Join with me over the coming days and meditate on this verse, pray over this verse and hear your own revelation from the Holy Spirit. I would love to hear the revelations you are given for this verse.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word; and thank you for its power to be the agent of change in my life”.

1 Peter 2 v 8…..But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light

DIG for Sunday the 23rd of June…..He is sitting; His work is finished…..Hebrews 10 v 12

I love this verse in Hebrews, it just says so much about the mission and work of Jesus Christ.

Jesus came to fulfil the law, and in that way deal with sin; because where there is no law there is no imputing for sin (Romans 5 v 13).

He came to do this once, and once only (read Hebrews 9 and 10).

His blood was perfect and His work so mighty that it dealt with all sin at that one point in time (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

All your sin has been dealt with, all my sin has been dealt with, all sin for all men for all time has been dealt with; Jesus paid for it all (1 John 2 v 2).

This is all awesome, however it is not my favourite part of the verse.

The best bit is that Jesus sat down; and I love that.

Jesus sat down because His work was finished; He had no more to do so He sat down.

Everything in the Word is there for a purpose, and we are told He sat down for a reason.

The picture is that His work is done, so He can take a seat. His work is finished!

Jesus has done all He needs to do, in order that we might be reconciled, forgiven and made righteous.

Jesus will come back one day, but not to die on another cross and deal with more sin; that part of His mission is complete.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I am reconciled, forgiven and made righteous through the FINISHED work of Jesus Christ”.

Hebrews 10 v 12…..But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat done on the right hand of God